Earth Day is on April 22nd this year, and Salmon residents will be able to enjoy a full week of celebrations. The activities planned by a number of community groups include a trails work day, recycling, fun and informational movie nights, and educational events for young and old alike. Don't miss out!
Friday, April 17: “Pedal-Driven,” a bike-umentary, starts at 6 pm at the Sacajawea Center.
Saturday, April 18: A lot of different user groups enjoy the close proximity of Discovery Hill, and those groups are looking to show up in force to help keep the area an important asset to the community. The BLM, Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association and Salmon Valley Stewardship are all asking their members and supporters to help get the area ready for a busy summer season.
Volunteers for Saturday’s Discovery Hill event should meet at the Lewis and Clark Trailhead at 9 am and be equipped with gloves, good shoes, and water. The BLM will be providing tools and supplies, trash bags, and a BBQ for volunteers at noon.
Few things are as earth-friendly as pedal power, so the Mountain Bike Association will be leading a community ride at Discovery Hill on Saturday following trail work and the cleanup day.
Gina Knudson of Salmon Valley Stewardship, said a cleanup day is a great time to be thinking about recycling. ESP Recycling, a family-owned business in Salmon, is sponsoring an Earth Day Recycling Drive on Saturday in the parking lot across from City Hall. Bring your aluminum cans, clean tin cans, plastics #1 and #2 (no lids), newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, flattened cardboard, paper grocery bags, printer ink cartridges, and paper milk cartons. The recycling drive is from 9 am to 1 pm.
Wednesday April 22 (Earth Day): Fifth graders from Pioneer Elementary will have a “lasagna party” – building and putting in lasagna beds for their pumpkin patch, from 12:45 pm until the end of the school day. This involves using yard waste and kitchen scraps to make a basic growing platform. Any help would be welcomed.
Friday, April 24: The Public Lands Center (1206 S. Challis Street) in cooperation with the University of Idaho Extension Office, Salmon Valley Stewardship, and the Idaho Forest Products Commission is giving away 1-year-old blue spruce seedlings from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. in honor of Arbor Day. Any remaining trees can be picked up at the front desk after 1:00 pm.
Members of the Salmon Local Foods group, invite the public to celebrate the season with you as two documentaries will be showing at the Odd Fellow’s Hall starting at 5:30 pm.
· “To Live Local” –stories from farmers across Idaho (including some from Salmon) on local food challenges and accomplishments.
· “Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective”– showcases practices in rural, suburban, and urban landscapes that lessen one’s environmental footprint and contributes to the health of the earth.
Saturday, April 25: In conjunction with the Salmon FFA Yard Sale, Salmon Valley Stewardship is sponsoring a seed paper-making activity at Salmon High School in Katie Cooper’s classroom (room #17). Anyone can come and learn how to make seed paper out of recycled paper that can be planted straight into the garden. The seed paper made can be donated to the School Garden or taken and planted anywhere.
For more information about Earth Day activities, contact Salmon Valley Stewardship at 756-1686. Hope to see you there!